June 12, 2024

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From Kalapuya lands in the Willamette watershed

Group damages Starbucks as ‘act of vengeance’

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A group claiming responsibility for smashing windows and spray-painting political messages at a local Starbucks said the economy of Eugene is complicit in the genocide happening in Gaza: "The university and multinational corporations profit...while making the city unaffordable for the majority of the people there."

DJ Suss D: This is from a report sent anonymously to this reporter:

“Wednesday, May 15, Kalapuya land, so-called Eugene: Before dawn, an autonomous group smashed the windows of a local Starbucks, leaving only ‘Free Gaza’ and ‘Land Back’ written in paint. This action was taken to bring awareness to the genocide taking place in Gaza, and to interrupt business-as-usual.

[00:00:29] “This act of vengeance was carried out on May 15, Nakba Day, a day recognizing the ongoing genocide and forced displacement of Palestinians.

[00:00:40] “Starbucks has repeatedly shown its hostility towards Palestinian liberation and did so most recently when it sued its workers union for posting a statement in support of Palestine on social media.

[00:00:53] “The economy of Eugene is complicit in the genocide happening in Gaza. The university and multinational corporations profit off imperialism while making the city unaffordable for the majority of the people there. While Starbucks isn’t playing a central role in the genocide the Israeli military is waging, Starbucks is symbolic of an Amerikkkan psyche and economy that feeds off imperialism. The chain is a telltale sign of gentrification and a staple of the white middle and upper-middle class. We won’t stand aside and let the Amerikkkan economy continue unabated when it’s a system founded on actively fueling colonialism and genocide.

[00:01:35] “This was done by a group of autonomous anti-fascists who echoed the words of the anti-Zionists that shut down the ‘Friends of IDF’ gala.

[00:01:43] “We have no name. We are not an organization. We are not an entity. Do not try to find us. We are everywhere and we will not stop.

[00:01:52] “Palestine will be free.”

[00:01:53] DJ Suss D: That was a report by an anonymous reporter. For KEPW News, I’m DJ Suss D.

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